Congratulations to the new Miss USA 2021 Elle Smith from Kentucky.
The Television News Reporter took home the Mouawad Miss USA Power of Positivity Crown on Monday, November 29th at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Placing in fourth runner-up was Illinois’ Sydni Bennett, second runner-up, was Miss Florida USA’s Ashley Carino and placing as the First Runner Up was North Dakota’s Caitlyn Vogel.
Smith is a reporter for WHAS 11 News in Louisville, Kentucky and she won her state competition on her first try. She will be flown out to Israel to represent USA at the international Miss Universe 2021 competition to be held on December 15th.
According to her Alma Mater’s newspaper, during her years in the college at the University of Kentucky, she participated in the UK Student News Network, the Kentucky Kernel, WRFL and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) as the vice president during her senior year in college. It was through an NABJ conference where Elle landed her first job with WHAS-TV in Louisville.
“I felt so much support from staff, faculty, peers. And there are also so many different opportunities for journalism students,” she says, “I think those are what led me to get this job in Louisville right out of school.”
With this historic win for her state, Elle is moving into a luxurious downtown Los Angeles apartment, will receive a $100,000 salary along with a brand new porche to move around in true class all year long as part of the new Miss USA prize package under new leadership and all-around #GirlBoss Crystle Stewart.
Stewart was named the new President as Miss USA when she bought the national license from IMG/WMG back in November 2020. She was crowned Miss USA in 2008, which she used to launch a successful career in entertainment as an actress and as an entrepreneur and owner of the Miss Academy. With this Directorship, Stewart became the very first Black female owner of the iconic 70-year-old brand.
All 51 contestants competing in a preliminary competition round consisting of private interviews with the judges, evening gown and swimsuit. They each also showcases their unique which comes with her specific state during the Miss USA State competition.
Ahead of our #MissUSA2021 Finals Recap episode, you can grab your glass and tune into our thoughts about the new Miss USA ownership and our preview into the new look.